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I always buy whatever toothbrush is on offer. The most recent brush I purchased was this one as it was a £1 in Tesco.
The toothbrush comes in various colours and three different bristle strengths soft, medium and firm.
I chose a pink brush with medium bristles.
The brush has a rubbery grip handle and is shaped to fit in your hand comfortably. The brush has what are described as 'multi height bristles' these are designed to clean and penetrate between all of the teeth to clean away plaque.
The brush also has a tongue freshener with three different 'waves' to clean away odour causing bacterial on the tongue.
The first time I used this toothbrush it gave my teeth a good clean, I have some uneven teeth at the bottom and the fact that the bristles were different lengths meant after I had brushed my teeth the surfaces felt clean and smooth with no missed bits.
I don't like the tongue cleaner on this brush, it makes me gag when I use it and I feel really sick she. I use it. For this reason a brush that has this added feature is pointless for me.
I gave been using this brush for about a month and the bristles are still looking good none are being or showing any signs of wear. I would buy it again if it was on offer as it does the job but personally for me the tongue brush is a no no.
4 out of 5 stars from me
I have always preferred manual toothbrushes and my most recent one has been the Colgate Maxfresh which I picked up in Tesco after they were on offer from £2.79 to £1.00. They can also be found in shops such as Superdrug, Boots and other large supermarkets.
I love the look of this toothbrush - it has a really bright, fun design which is also really modern. It comes in four different colours; blue, green, yellow and pink which is the colour that I chose. Each of these colours ends in a bright blue handle with a rubbery texture making it easy to grip. The handle feels solid and is quite chunky with a highly curved shape making it easy and comfortable to hold.
The most prominent feature of this toothbrush is the tongue cleaner / freshener which apparently has "three waves of multidimensional cleaning to remove odour-causing bacteria on the tongue that can cause bad breath". This basically consists of an area of raised ridges along the back of the brush head which can be rubbed along the surface of the tongue. I have tried tongue cleaning before using the bristles of my old toothbrush as it supposed to be beneficial but have never found it to be a particularly pleasant experience. The smooth tongue cleaner feels much nicer than using bristles and the ridges leave a nice clean feeling, however there is certainly a knack to tongue cleaning as doing it slightly to far to the back of the mouth can easily make you gag.
A more typical feature are the "angled and multi height bristles which penetrate deep between the teeth and along the gum line to clean away plaque for cleaner teeth". Many manual toothbrushes now have similar bristles but I have found that this toothbrush really does do a good job at getting in between all the little gaps and crevices between the teeth and around the gums. It leaves my teeth feeling as though they've had a good thorough clean and my teeth have felt nice and healthy since using this toothbrush so I can't complain. Also the bristles are fairly soft but still firm enough to give a good clean, making them comfortable to use.
A final feature is the brush handle which is scented with mint to "enhance the brushing experience". This is obviously an entirely novel feature designed to make the toothbrush stand out from the crowd rather than for practical use. The mint scent is quite pleasant and is certainly strong when the toothbrush is first opened. However after a week I had found the scent to have faded considerably and so it is not that long-lasting.
Overall this is a colourful and effective toothbrush. It has done a really good job at keeping my teeth clean and healthy over the past 3 months and I would be happy to use it again so would recommend.
At home I have used an electric toothbrush for many years, but when I'm holidaying I find it much easier just to take an "old-skool" toothbrush. Needing a new one for my recent trip away, I picked one of these Colgate Maxfresh toothbrushes up, for no greater reason than they were selling for £1 in Boots (Half price).
The look of the brush is quite bulky - the head is a hefty size 3cm long and almost 1.5cm across. The main body of the handle is coloured (to your selection) and is ergonomically shaped with curves galore. The coloured sections of the brush have a type of rubbery feel to them, and the section where your thumb naturally rests also has tiny raised dots for grip . The bulkiness of the brush was reiterated to me by the fact that the brush needed a good push to get it into the toothbrush case I've got, and once in it was pretty much wedged in!
It seems to me that the world of toothpaste and toothbrushes is getting a bit crazy - pastes to whiten, to shine, to freshen breath and now brushes that will apparently make that experience or effect complete. With the "Maxfresh" brush, the back of the head itself is where the action (and the main selling-point) is! This area is covered with a myriad of raised rubbery nobbles and ridges which are intended for rubbing your tongue with. Apparently doing this will give your breath 5 times fresher (who measures this? and how?!). I tried this and it made me gag - so my breath will just have to remain 5 times less fresh than it potentially could be. According to the back of the packet "dental professionals recommend tongue cleaning as an important part of your daily oral care regime". Oh well, I won't be pleasing my dentist on that front.
The bristles on the brush are a mixture of colours and a variety of lengths, some are angled slightly and some are shaped to a point. in amongst the bristles are also two little rubber sections, like long flat "bristles" which are similar to those in my electric toothbrush, so I assume these are intended to add a flossing dimension to the brush's actions as well. I am less sceptical of this feature as I can appreciate that these bristles being different lengths and shapes will reach into the nooks and crannies of my teeth.
Using the brush wasn't a great experience for me. I think I chose badly - when you're used to the tiny round head of an electric brush, choosing this one (£1 or not) meant that it was always going to feel ridiculously huge when in use. My gums bled a bit, but this is sometimes the case when I have a new brush anyway, but it was the overall discomfort due to the size that was the main issue. I hate waste, but unfortunately I disliked using this brush so much that I left it in the bin at our accommodation. The other thing I noticed on the back of the packet was that dental professionals recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months - so at least my dentist will be over the moon with that!! I will try a different brush next time.